Magena Ammen, Therapist in California — Zencare
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Magena Ammen

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California, Florida Accepting Online
Updated September 5, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management
  • Trauma
  • Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)

Professional statement

You are so done with having to drag yourself out of bed, drinking 10 cups of coffee just to feel something, and giving self-inflicted pep talks that don't friggin' work!

Maybe your friends and family don't even notice and they think you're doing GREAT! In reality it’s a struggle to keep it together. You’re white knuckling it and somehow managing to save face.

What if life could be gentler and more stable? What if you didn’t have to feel on edge or down and out all the damn time? What if you could feel more connected to the people you care about?

If you’ve made it here, you’re ready to work through what’s bothering you so that life can feel less painful. Whether you’re going through trauma, anxiety, depression, or relationship issues you’re in the right place.

When we experience hurts in the past or even now, we can get stuck. A collection of hurtful experiences can have compounding effects, like changes in your mood, such as anxiety or depression. These experiences can also form unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. And often enough, some of that chaos going on inside spills into our relationships.

In sessions we’ll use fancy techniques like EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and more to take down the intensity of what you’ve been feeling so you can experience yourself as more grounded. We’ll use those therapies and some dark, sarcastic humor too - you know, that stuff that other people look at you sideways for. It’s welcomed here in the therapy room! Together we’ll work to bring your mind and the things you do into alignment with your goals.

The next thing you know you'll be handling challenges with more ease, be able to respond instead of reacting, and experience more joy in your life.


Message to clients

We’ll start with a free 30 minute consultation where we’ll get to know each other, either by phone or video. All virtual platforms are HIPAA compliant or have lots of layers of security to protect your confidentiality. The consultation is a time for us to figure out if therapy is right for you, if online therapy is going to work, and if therapy with me is the best fit for you. You’ll tell me something about what’s been bothering you and I’ll ask some questions. Whether or not you end up in online therapy with me, we’ll find the resources for your unique needs.

Should we decide online therapy with me is a good match, we’ll set up your first virtual appointment. This meeting is a 90-minute version of our consultation. We’ll continue to get to know each other, and I’ll ask lots of questions. At the end of this appointment, we’ll decide on realistic goals, how often to see each other, and what mix of therapies will suit your experience best.

We’ll typically meet weekly for 50-60 minute sessions after that, especially to start. This way we get some work under our belt to create more stability in your life. Once you start to feel more grounded or begin to see improvements, we may decide to see each other less and less over time. The goal is not to be in therapy forever, as you’ll feel more and more confident in your ability to fly solo.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Magena Ammen is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-6pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 10am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri 10am-6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-6pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 10am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri 10am-6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Elevate Psychological Services, Therapist in Private Practice, 2017 - Present
RISE - Rape Crisis Center & Domestic Violence Shelter Services, Counseling Services Coordinator & Shelter Therapist, 2013 - 2016
Martha's Place - County Mental Health, Therapist Intern, 2015 - 2016
Ken Starr Wellness Group - Addiction Treatment, Therapist Intern, 2015 - 2016

The Gottman Institute, Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 & 2, 2019
ICEEFT, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) - Level 1, 2019
PESI, Internal Family Systems (IFS) - Step-by-Step Procedures for Healing Traumatic Wounds and Alleviating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Addiction and More, 2018
EMDRIA, EMDR Basic Training, 2016


Licensure

California: 102661

Florida: TPMF643


Languages

English